On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, Friends of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute announced the dissolution of their 63-year partnership following the large financial impact of COVID-19 on both organizations. We are transitioning responsibilities, including memberships, to the Zoo now.

At FONZ, we're not dissolving. We’re reinventing. We're actively exploring what the next iteration of our organization will look like. No matter what that will look like, or be called, we will continue our mission to protect endangered wildlife while providing inspiring and educational opportunities.

We're excited to share more with you soon.

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FONZ Stories

For more than six decades, FONZ has worked to save endangered animals while inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Here are some of their stories.